I want to do a cake with leopard/cheetah spots on fondant. If I paint them on how and what do I use to do that. I've seen the gallary some really cute ones that say the painted on the spots so not sure what to use to do that.
You can use an airbrush if you have one. I tried my new airbrush for the first time with leopard spots, fun!
Or you can use gel color diluted with a tiny amount of alcohol and paint them on. I would color your fondant the base color, then add the middle spot, then go back and paint the outside of the spot. Look for a pattern online you like and copy it.
You can paint them on, or you can pipe them on. I've actually done a combination, by piping the black and then going back with my airbrush and piping the brownish/orange color in it.
Just a quick fun fact I just learned last week... a cheetah has spots... a leopard has rosettes.
If you look at a leopard's rosettes, they're really a series of smaller dots around a darker brown area. I'll see if I can attach a 2nd photo of an actual leopard pattern.
Thanks for the help. I don't have an air brush so I will have to paint them on. When you say Gel color do you mean piping gel colored? I'm pretty new to all of this. If I decide to do use buttercream on the cake instead of fondant how do I do spots on it?
Thanks for your help.
I did a leopard/cheetah spot purse that I have not yet put in my photos here but I will post it here for you to see. Since I don't have any liquor in my house, I mixed some Wilton icing color with clear vanilla extract and painted the spots on the fondant. I would estimate that I used 1/2 tsp clear vanilla to 1/8 or more tsp of Wilton coloring.
Something I noticed was that it took a day for it to dry thoroughly and the wet look to go away but the spots looked good even when wet.
Roll out a small piece of fondant and test paint some spots before you do the real cake. You can change the amount of clear vanilla to get the shade you want.
Very cute. Thanks for showing me. I did try that but didn't dilute it with anything, so yes it was very wet and sticky for a few days. I will try it with the vanilla.
I am going to make the bottom cake a round and then make a small purse to put on top of it. Both doing for the first time. It's only for my daughters birthday so if it doesn't come out perfect I don't think she will care. She is excited to try to help me . Not sure if I need the help of a 6 yr. old.
KathysCC...your leopard/cheetah purse is beautiful!
Akgirl10 means dliuting with water a bit of Amercolor gel coloring or some wilton coloring.Watery enough to piant with but not runny.If you want to do the effect on buttercream just pipe large uneven spots like a leopard pattern on the cake and go around it after and fill in the black edging.That is what I did with my Safari cake I did..Turned out cute!!